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THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

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Posted: Friday, December 20, 2013 5:00 am | Updated: 4:49 pm, Thu Jan 9, 2014.

James Thurber’s 1939 short story about an unimportant man who daydreams big is brought to life as a feel-good (if flimsy) midwinter film directed by and starring Ben Stiller. He plays Mitty as a meek man who works at Life magazine and embarks on a real-life adventure to track down a slide from a reclusive photographer (Sean Penn). The film is charming — how could it not be with Stiller and Kristen Wiig as the central couple — but it wants to be life-affirming, and my life was not affirmed. Rated PG. 114 minutes. Regal Stadium 14, Santa Fe; DreamCatcher, Española. 

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